In addition to the illnesses common to children and adults, adolescents are also dealing with the challenges of going through puberty. Adolescent medicine expert Dr. Jonathan Trager of Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine of Great Neck in Great Neck, New York, is board-certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and pediatric dermatology, and he has considerable experience treating young people from adolescence to early adulthood. For unrivaled care for 11- to 24-year-olds, call the office today or book an appointment using the online form.
Adolescent medicine is the care of young people between the ages of 11 and 24. Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine of Great Neck specializes in diagnosing and treating preteens, teens, and young adults, providing the highest quality services to that age group.
Dr. Trager and his team support each individual’s growth and development, both physical and emotional. They also provide education that helps young people make the best decisions for their health. This includes subjects like healthy eating, substance abuse, and age-appropriate sexual health information.
Adolescent medicine covers all the same types of health problems that both younger children and adults experience – from coughs and colds to more serious diseases like diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and cancer.
However, certain conditions affect adolescents more than other age groups. Many of these relate to the changes that happen during puberty, like acne and problem periods. Adolescents are also vulnerable to emotional problems brought on by changing hormone levels, peer pressure, problems at home, and issues like bullying.
Rates of eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia nervosa are higher in adolescents and young adults. This is also the time when some young people are questioning their gender identity.
At Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine of Great Neck, Dr. Trager and his team provide expert care and counseling for all these disorders and many others. The two types of conditions they encounter most frequently are gynecological problems and dermatological disorders.
Adolescent girls start menstruating when puberty kicks in. The experience of having periods varies greatly among different girls – some have few problems and get used to their cycle very quickly. Others struggle with irregular or painful periods or heavy bleeding.
Some girls don’t start menstruating in their early teens. If your daughter hasn’t started her periods, Dr. Trager can find out why. Girls and young women can also develop conditions like ovarian cysts, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and yeast or bacterial infections that cause vaginal discharge.
Dr. Trager has considerable expertise in adolescent gynecology and can diagnose and treat gynecological symptoms and conditions with sensitivity.
Acne is the most common type of dermatological condition that affects adolescents. Changes in body chemistry lead to increases in the level of natural oils (sebum) in the skin. This makes pores more likely to block, trapping bacteria inside. The result is clusters of angry red spots or pustules.
Acne isn’t just an uncomfortable skin condition; it also has a severe effect on young people’s self-esteem. There are several effective treatments available, though. Dr. Trager is a specialist in both pediatric and adult dermatology and works closely with his colleague RaQuel Lirio to provide the best care for adolescents who have acne or any other skin condition.
Call Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine of Great Neck today to find out more or book an appointment online.